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. ben wedeman was at the funeral for that family today, that family of nine. let's play some of his piece. >> reporter: the body of 5-year-old yusef is held aloft as calls ring out for revenge. in life, yusef was a child known only to his family and friends. in death, yet another potent symbol for the cameras and the angry crowds. their bodies were carried through the street to the sound of gunfire under the banners of hamas to the cemetery. when the crowd leaves and the chanting stops, the real mourning begins. friends and relatives quietly pray for the dead. quiet tears are shed for the latest to die so suddenly without warning. >> reporter: how hardened have the positions come on both sides of this border? >> reporter: certainly they're harder than i've ever seen before. in israel, there really is sort of an exhausted anger at the fact that these rockets have been coming over for so long. and now for the first time this time, they're hitting places like tel aviv and jerusalem. on this side, there's a real sense of hopelessness that they've gone through the camp david accords. the
of cease-fire, it appears that the guns are still firing. >> cnn's ben wedeman during a live report. we rushed to the scene of the blast moments later. i'm told this house, this villa, belongs to a very wealthy man who is a member of fatah, who is not here. a wealthy banker and some local people here believe maybe somebody else was living in the house or maybe hamas had taken over the house and that's why it was a target. a number of ambulances have arrived on the scene. not clear if there was anybody inside the house at the time. earlier on the streets of gaza, we witnessed this. a number of men on motorcycles dragging what is clearly the body of a dead man. they were yelling god is great and claiming the man was a collaborator with israel. also on the streets of gaza city, israeli forces dropped leaflets telling residents to flee the area. again, leaflets dropped over gaza city, warning them to stay stay away from installations where hamas is. this is typical of the leaflets, telling people to move away from anyplace they see hamas members. not an easy order to follow, though. gaza ci
by wolf blitzer in jerusalem, also here with ben wedeman and arwa damon. arwa, yesterday you were at the scene of what was the most controversial attack, a strike on what israeli forces said was a building owned by a hamas official, commander of an artillery unit. they say initially he had been killed, then stepped back from that. at least nine members of a family were killed. what was the scene like? >> it was very intense. there was a lot of anger, there was a lot of frustration and there was also a certain sense of resignation. people here have been through this before and they fully expect to have to go through it once again. people were frantically digging through the rubble, some of them even using their bare hands, screaming for shovels, for anything they could possibly find. they were hoping to find survivors but of course, we now know that was not the case. >> we have some of your report. let's play that. >> reporter: the large slab of concrete and mangled metal finally gives way. buried beneath it, another lifeless body. it's the second child we've seen. there was also a
wedeman is there along with cnn's arwa damon reporting. ben, i assume it's quieted down. it's now just a little past 3:00 a.m. there. let's move this story forward. what happens now? >> reporter: well, really, the next sort of 24 hours is critical. we can still hear the drones overhead. the israeli troops are still on the borders of gaza. if the cease-fire holds, if there are not major violations and the israeli military has expressed the realization that there may be some violations, but if nothing major occurs, then they will be able to start actually talking about some of the details that were laid out in the agreement that was worked out between hamas and israel with the help of the egyptians. things like opening the crossings,'s of travel restrictions. certainly hamas is going to welcome the fact that they will no longer be moving targets whenever they step outside their houses here in gaza. so it's really, if we can get through a period of relative quiet and peace, then they can start working on something a little more permanent than just 24 hours of relative quiet. anderson? >>
. also here with me is arwa damon, ben wedeman, also fuad ajami joining us from new york. later on we will be joined by princeton university's ann marie slaughter as well as talking to the israeli ambassador to the united states. wolf, bring us up to speed on what you're hearing about hillary clinton's activities. she landed in tel aviv, met with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. later on she will meet with mahmoud abbas, then go to israel, to cairo, to meet with mohammed morsi. what are you hearing about what's come out of her talks with netanyahu? >> well, they met for about two hours, and it wasn't just with the prime minister, but the defense minister of israel, the foreign minister, the national security team. they spent two hours going over what's going on. the statement released by the state department says she was briefed on the israeli position on all these issues. she's making it clear she wants to see a deescalation of what's going on. she uses the word a calm. they are avoiding the word cease-fire for right now but throughout the day, as you know, there was speculation co
: and let's go over to gaza city right now, ben wedeman is there, as well as arwa damon. let's move the story forward, what happens now? >> reporter: well, really, the next 24 hours is critical. we can still hear the israeli drones over head. the troops are in gaza. if this cease-fire doesn't hold, the military has expressed their concern thathere may be violations. but if nothing major occurs then they will be able to start actually talk about some of the details that were laid out in the agreement that was worked out between hamas and israel with the help of the egyptians. things like opening of the crossings, easing the traffic restrictions. certainly, hamas will welcome the fact they will be no longer moving targets when they step outside their houses here in gaza. so it is really -- if we can get through a period of relative quiet and peace, then they can start to work on something a little more permanent than just 24 hours of relative quiet. anderson? >> and arwa, i can hear across the skies, the drones we've heard over the last eight or nine days. you have spoke with a lot of
pleitgen where sirens have been going off earlier. and joining us is ben wedeman in the gaza strip, gaza city. fred, what are you seeing now in ashkelon? >> reporter: >> from ted pleitgen, have the rockets stopped in ashkelon? >> reporter: the rockets, yes, have stopped in ashkelon. it was interesting, because up until about a minute before our broadcast began, there were still booms that were heard in the sky. and about ten minutes ago we had to run for cover in ashkelon. now it appears as though things are quiet. i can tell you from speaking to people here on the ground, they're telling us this he don't really believe in this cease-fire just yet at this point in time. folks that we're speaking to at this cafe who have been watching the speech of prime minister benjamin netanyahu say they believe this is not a solution to the problem that they are going to be having to face rockets falling on their heads very soon again, anderson. >> i'm also joined here in jerusalem with cnn's wolf blitzer. we'll be monitoring developments over this crucial next hour. this next hour really key to what
time-out. ben wedeman is live for us in gaza city. and, ben, what are you hearing from both sides as to whether this time-out, this quiet period will actually happen? >> reporter: well, that certainly seems to be what's on the plans, on the drawing board, this would be an experimental period where they have 24 hours to try to see if the cease-fire holds. now, we're getting conflicting messages. i spoke to one senior hamas official who said that at 9:00 p.m. cairo time, 10:00 p.m. eastern standard time, that there would be an announcement in cairo, by an official, from the egyptian government and from hamas, announcing some sort of agreement for at least a temporary cease-fire. however, we're hearing from other hamas officials that israel has yet to agree to this proposed cease-fire and the israelis are saying there is nothing as of yet. but the idea is rather than send out broad guidelines for a period of peace and calm, they just want to see if both sides can keep the peace. now, one of the concerns here is that it is not just hamas who is operating in gaza, there are other group
will start to eclipse war. gary? >> ben wedeman, thank you for joining us on the program. ben wedeman reporting from the gaza strip. >>> now let's go near the southern border of gaza. what's happening on the southern border and how active have the iron dome missiles been? >> reporter: well, the iron dome missile system has really played a prominent role here, but generally around the whole area around gaza today. i was actually at one of the iron dome missile batteries near there and it was in operation the entire time. there was a lot of rockets being fired off. really the whole day there have been rocket alarms from rockets being fired from gaza into israeli territory. i know one specific time we got a rocket siren alert and we hit the deck. i would say about eight or nine rockets coming out of gaza were intercepted by this iron dome system about 200 yards over us. one rocket was not intercepted and came through and landed about 200 yards from where we were. this thing is definitely very efficient, from what we could see, but it's also not a 100% solution, so the israelis acknowledg
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comprehensive coverage of this crisis in gaza. fred pleitgen is in ashkelon, ben wedemans in gaza city. ben wedeman, good morning, set the scene for me. >> reporter: yes, brooke, it was a noisezy night and we saw intense bombardment just behind where i'm standing. that was proceeded by increasing sort of mounting reports that a cease-fire was about to be announced or a period of calm. but it appears that there were problems within the israeli government that prime minister benjamin netanyahu and his foreign minister lieberman didn't see eye to eye with the defense minister who was leaning towards accepting this draft proposal sent by hamas via the egyptian government. so once it was clear that those efforts had sort of run into a brick wall, we saw an intensification of israeli air strikes and of course rocket fire out of gaza as well. one of the rockets, rather, one of the air strikes hit very close to the hotel where many journalists are staying right on the coast right next to the gaza city beach. now most recently within the last hour the house of a senior adviser to hamas, prime minist
we arrived on a scene of a blast that occurred just a short time ago while our ben wedeman was on the air. our coverage continues from the region with wolf blitzer. wolf. >>> anderson, thanks very much. happening now, no cease fire, no peace. just another day of deadly attacks in gaza and israel. the secretary of state, hillary clinton, she's here in israel right now. she's trying to find some way to broker a deal to stop the fighting. all the while civilians on both sides of the israeli/gaza border live in terror. the next explosion could claim their homes, relatives or their own lives. we'd like to welcome our viewers from the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer reporting from jerusalem. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're coming to you from jerusalem the end of the seventh day of this deadly crisis. it's been two hours since we expected an official of hamas, the militant organization that controls gaza, to come before cameras in egypt and announce a period of calm. but that announcement has not happened. instead, the office of the e jimgs president
on targets in gaza. cnn's ben wedeman is monitoring events this hour in gaza city. he joins us from there. ben, we just saw fred pleitgen hit the ground, and i know it's just as tense there in gaza city. what can you tell us about what's happening right now? >> reporter: well, right now it's relatively quiet. we can hear the israeli drones overhead as we hear all day long, but, of course, just a few hours ago, in fact, 2 1/2 hours ago, we heard three large explosions, and this building behind me which you can't see because the electricity is caught off, got hit three times. in that building there are several things. there were the offices of a television station affiliated with the hamas movement. but one of those missiles we saw it sort of a plume of orange fire bursting out from the front from about the second floor, and we rushed to the scene. what we saw is the ambulance personnel were bringing out the body, very charred body, of a man who appeared to be quite life looks like, in other words dead, and he, we're told, may be a member of islamic jihad's military media office. he may hav
to ben wedeman for more on that. >> reporter: what we heard from a nearby mosque is an announcement saying that, quote, unquote, lions from the west bank had carried out that attack in tel aviv. there was also the suggestion in that announcement from the mosque that hamas was somehow responsible for that attack. however, the television affiliated with the hamas movement said yes, they did bless that attack but said it was a, quote, unquote, natural reaction to israel's offensive against the gaza strip. so, there has been no claim of responsibility by hamas or by anybody else at this point regarding that attack. now there was some scattered celebratory gunfire in gaza after news of the attack in tel aviv. i'm not aware of anybody handing out candy. it's important to stress that not everybody supports hamas in the gaza strip. and there are many people who are unhappy with the situation, unhappy with hamas' firing rockets into israel. but very unhappy about israel's response. and it's important to keep in mind that this is a conflict that goes back many years. there's a lot to it. much
. >> ben wedeman joins me now from the israel/gaza border. what are you seeing and hearing there now? >> reporter: it is a bit surreal here. we're in the city's marina right next to the yoko sushi restaurant. as you can see, there are people out, having dinner. seemingly to be living a normal life. but the owner of this restaurant did tell us just an hour ago they heard the air raid sirens and in fact just a moment ago we saw in this screen with israeli television that in bere sheva air raid sirens did go off. all signeds indicate israel is preparing for a ground incursion. some of the roads around gaza on the israeli side have been closed to civilian traffic. the israeli security cabinet apparently is authorized the government to call up as many as 75,000 reservists, possibly to participate in this potential, possible ground incursion into gaza. there have been a lot of armor -- lots of armor, lots of tanks moved down to that area. it is very similar to what we saw, don, just before israel made a ground incursion into gaza back in 2008, 2009. >> ben, talk to me about the significanc
. >> ben wedeman reporting. ben, thank you very much for that. >>> rockets are flying back and forth between gaza and israel and the death toll is rising. hamas rockets reaching farther into israel than they ever have before. you heard our ben wedeman report that today one landed near jerusalem for the first time since 1970. i want to bring in james zogby, the president of the arab-american institute. he's in abu dhabi. thank you for your time. what can help right now, sir, for both sides to just stop the violence or is that just wishful thinking? >> well, it is wishful thinking, but one hopes and one wishes that the united states for its part and turkey and egypt and those who have some ability to restrain what's going on in gaza can in fact, succeed in pulling this back. ben is absolutely right. we heard this song before. people are singing off the same page and the end of the day, nothing happens other than hundreds, maybe a thousand or more will die, many more wounded and fear and anger all around. and at the end of the day, we're left with a political issue that must be resolved
back from the air with attacks on over 300 terror targets, as they call them. ben wedeman is in jerusalem for us this morning. he's joining us on the tone. ben, israeli troops are mobilizing for a possible ground attack. we were reporting that yesterday. where do things stand right now? >> the latest is that the israeli army has called up 16,000 reservists in possible preparation for a ground offensive. you remember during 2008, 2009 gaza war, israel sort of softened up targets in gaza before actually sending troops inside. so it takes time to mobilize those forces to get them ready. we're hearing that the roads in israel going in the direction of gaza, there are a lot of tanks being moved, other material being moved to the area around the gaza strip. certainly, if you listen to what israeli officials say, they're definitely putting it that ground offensive is if not highly unlikely, a high probability. this is what one said. >> hamas are the enemies of peace, not just the enemies of israel. to peace both internally on the palestinian side and between palestinians and isra
this. ben wedeman is watching the conflict play out. >> reporter: we've seen apparent urgent action by the israeli army in this area to get as much material, tanks, armored personnel carriers and troops in the area around gaza in obvious preparation for a potential ground invasion of the gaza strip. but a decision to actually go in has to come from the leadership, from prime minister benjamin netanyahu and from his security cabinet. that has not come yet. on sunday, it's expected that the secretary general of arab league is going to come to gaza with four arab foreign ministers. it may be difficult to launch a ground invasion while just a high-level group is there. we understand that intense contacts are under way between israel and the united states to potentially talk about a cease-fire. i spoke with a senior israeli spokesman who flatly denied reports that some sort of negotiated cease-fire was on the way. at this point, don, it definitely seems that that things are moving in the direction of a ground invasion. many people, however, on both sides have their fingers crossed that s
strike. ben wedeman spoke to the survivors. what did they say to you? >> reporter: well, you know, deborah, when you go to the funerals you go to the houses there around that house that got hit, there is a mixture of things. in public, there is anger, there is a desire for revenge, there are sort of chants against israel. but privately these people are suffering. they have suffered incredible losses, incredible shock. i was at the cemetery where the members of this family were buried. and there were a lot of people, onlookers, supporters, coming to -- they see it very much within the context of the conflict with israel, but if you waited around afterwards, you saw small groups of people silently praying and crying over the graves, over the loss of loved ones. and people are very upset about what has happened. happened to this family and is happening around gaza city and elsewhere in this strip. but at the same time, people are scared. they're afraid this war could escalate, that israeli forces could come into gaza and even more people will be killed. many people here really feel s
have been killed in the fighting. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is standing by. he's on the scene for us on the streets of gaza. we're watching what's going on very, very closely. so far so good. no major violations of the cease-fire agreement that was brokered between israel and hamas thanks to the direct involvement -- the direct involvement of egypt and egypt's president mohamed morsi. you're looking at live pictures right now from the streets of cairo. let's go to ben wedeman. he's on the scene for us. ben, what's it like there? we know we heard a lot of celebratory gunfire, a lot of people on the streets. >> reporter: yeah. a huge celebration. i've never seen such a large celebration in gaza. really it sort of gradually grew. at first it appears people were waiting to make sure that the cease-fire did in fact hold for a little while. and then we started hearing a bit of gunfire and then seen more cars in the street. and of course now it's been going on for quite some time. many of them they're more sort of up the road toward the center of the city, celebrat
prospect. our senior international correspondent, ben wedeman joins us now between the border between israel and gaza. ben, ground war, are we about to witness that? >> reporter: i don't think immediately, don. i think there's still time needed to get the israeli military ready for a ground invasion. keep in mind that gaza is an area just twice the size of washington, d.c., with a population of 1.5 million people. any military force that goes in there has got to contend with the possibility of a lot of civilian casualties and a fair amount of resistance, from hamas fighters. now, what we're seeing here on the border are intense preparations, all night long. we've been watching as big trucks carrying tanks, carrying armored personnel carriers have been going up and down the road. a lot of soldiers in this area. the israeli government has yet to say when or if they would finally make a decision regarding a ground invasion into gaza. and at the same time, as you've mentioned, there are intense efforts underway by the egyptians, among others, to try to head off a possibility of an escalat
to exchange serious fire today. ben wedeman is joining us now, he's monitoring all the developments from gaza city. ben, i know there's been some high level arab league visitors to gaza. give us the latest. what's going on? >> reporter: yes, wolf. this was a delegation led by the secretary-general of the arab league. it included the turkish foreign minister, the iraqi, jordanian, and other. this is the highest level delegation that's really ever go come to gaza since hamas took over back in 2007. and we heard, for instance, the secretary-general of the arab league saying their ultimate goal is to end the occupation. so what we're seeing and what several of those ministers told me, the dramatic change compared to four years ago when israel launched operation cast lead is that the arab government, because of pressure from the arab people, are much more actively engaged in trying to resolve this situation, in trying to bring, a, a cease-fire, but they're looking beyond that to some sort of political resolution of this conflict that's been going on for more than 60 years. and, of course, people r
right, our thanks to ben wedeman in gaza city. sara sidner is in jerusalem with the latest on the israeli side of things. sara, the death toll is climbing. the escalation as ben has been reporting, the rockets over the past couple hours. israel, we understood demanded a day of calm, 24 hours of calm before they would sign a peace deal. no announcement of a cease-fire. why didn't it happen? >> reporter: this has been the problem. there has been a lot of talk that they're very, very close. one side says they're 90%, one side says wait a minute, we're not going to agree to your terms. and there has been sort of some kind of optimism, sometimes from the civilians hoping that yeah, something will happen so this all stops, and then it all falls apart. so it's one of those situations where you really have to wait until the deal is done and then make sure the teal sticks. so there is no more rockets coming over on to the israel side, no more air strikes happening inside gaza. then people will start to believe that this is actually going to happen and there's some kind of truth, som
says hamas can end all this. bd ben wedeman is watching the conflict play out. >> reporter: we've seen apparent urgent action by the israeli army in this area to get as much material, tanks, armoured personnel carriers and troops in the area around gaza in obvious preparation for a potential ground invasion of the gaza strip. but a decision to actually go in has to come from the leadership, from prime minister benjamin netanyahu and from his security cabinet. that has not come yet. on sunday, it's expected that the secretary general of arab league is going to come to gaza with four arab foreign ministers. it may be difficult to launch a ground invasion while just a high-level group is there. we understand that intense contacts are under way between israel and the united states to potentially talk about a cease-fire. i spoke with a senior israeli spokesman who flatly denied reports that some sort of negotiated cease-fire was on the way. at this point, don, it definitely seems that that things are moving in the direction of a ground invasion. many people, however, on both sides have thei
1400 palestinians died. ben wedeman joins me. does it look like we're about to witness a ground war here? >> well, it certainly looks like preparations are being made for it. we have seen a lot of heavy armor going by on the road right next to us, tanks, armors personnel carriers all evening long. there's a lot of soldiers in the area, so obviously the israeli military is gearing up for a ground incursion. just heard a very loud explosion. i guess you heard that, too. more over there. so yes, definitely, that's the case. but obviously, don, they have to wait for the political leadership to make a final decision. and while all the preparations for a possible ground invasion are going ahead, there are also diplomatic wheels spinning. tomorrow, the secretary-general of the arab league and four arab foreign ministers are going to go into gaza to check the situation out. we know there are intense contacts going on between egypt, israel, the united states, and others powers to try to head off a possible ground invasion because as everyone here knows, when troops' boots are on the ground i
saw you ducking. we saw ben wedeman, arwa damon, sara sidner. they were close to you, these bombs. >> very close. we were standing in front of an open window like this and you could feel the shock waves through your body sometimes. the windows would rattle, the building itself would shake. and we're talking, you know, a block away, two, three, four, five blocks away. and it's startling. ben wedeman is made of sturdier stuff than i and was able to stand there without ducking as i did did. but it really brings home to you what it's like for gazans. >> can only imagine the terror these people are feeling. >> right. and they have nowhere else to go. i'm able to leave. there for three nights, able to leave and back here now. they don't have any other place to go. >> when you got out, you got out through a crossing into israel. >> right, a very laborious process. >> tell us about that. because it's very restricted. >> yeah, it is. you give them -- the hamas official your passport, he writes it down in a little spiral notebook, that's about it, no stamp or anything. you take a series of
as they call them in gaza with artillery fire. ben wedeman reporting live now from jerusalem. we know, ben, that the israelis have called up 16,000 reservists. what exactly are they going to be doing? >> well, what they'll be doing is heading down into the area around gaza. very similar to what we saw in 2008, 2009, when they had a similar outbreak of violence between the two sides. we also know that there's a lot of heavy armor, lots of tanks being transported to the area around gaza, as well, for a possible ground incursion. but what we saw back in 2008-2009, was that it was several days of fairly intense israeli air strikes that preceded ground invasions. now what we've heard within the last half hour, the air raid sirens went off in tel aviv. there are unconfirmed reports there's the possibility of one or two rockets hitting the area, but it's still the situation is unclear. certainly what we're seeing is that much of israel from tel aviv to the south is on high alert with these missiles coming in. and here in jerusalem, for instance, the police are on high alert because there are many
in gaza since it began its bombing campaign last wednesday. ben wedeman is in gaza city tonight. ben, how are civilians dealing with this conflict? some of those numbers we hear, 870 people injured are frightening. >> yeah, they're not dealing very well with it. it's a very difficult situation. you have to keep in mind, erin, that here in gaza, they don't have early warning systems. they don't have bomb shelters. they don't have an iron dome system to protect them. so, they feel very exposed. don't see a lot of people out in the street. when they do go out, they do it so very quickly. they get supplies. and really, they're just watching the television. listening to the news. awaiting to see if israel is going to go ahead with its ground incursion because as difficult as the situation is now, it will become much, much worse if israeli forces enter. probably much higher civilian casualties. as we saw four years ago, there was a heavy death toll. almost a rather more than 1,400 killed, so there's a lot of trepidation about what could be just around the corner. >> and ben, i know right before
wedeman actually in gaza city. ben, we're continuing to look at this media building in gaza. we're trying to get ben. wolf, bear with me. as we take a look at these live pictures of this smoking building that's been hit twice in the last two days, this houses the gazan press. it's a 24-hour news channel, i guess kind of like cnn. ben wedeman is here. ben, tell us about this particular broadcast center and why israel so badly wants to take it out. >> reporter: this is an office building. it contains in addition to lawyers' offices and others, a television station associated with the hamas movement. what's unclear, however, is what exactly their intention was. the first floor, there's a lawyers office. there's no sign for the television. my understanding, that's a few floors above where this building was hit. this building was hit in the upper floors, its top floor yesterday. very early yesterday. so it's not altogether clear what the target is. i saw the ambulance services brought out one person who was severely burned. we have subsequently learned that he is dead. they are still looking i
to figure out where it was coming from. let's talk with ben wedeman in the area. can you tell us more? >> reporter: i am in tel aviv on the coast and we understand from our bureau in jerusalem. the air raid sirens went off for quite some time and israeli channel 2 is reporting that more than one missile landed north of jerusalem and we don't have any information at this point about injuries or any damage that may have taken place. we were able to speak on the phone with a spokesman for the hamas movement who said that they indeed were the ones who fired that missile and this is significant because in the 2008 and 2009 war between hamas and israel no missiles reached that far. nothing in the area of jerusalem which is 80 kilometers or about 50 miles from gaza. now, here in tel aviv earlier in the day, in fact, there were also a missile landed just off the coast on the beach and of course there were still people out here. many of the people in this area rushed into the kitchen of a nearby cafe and this is significant. certainly if israel is planning a ground incursion into gaza, these s
to see happen. tom? >> thanks so much, ben wedeman. i want to bring in rick burns, a secretary of state for political affairs. and riva vala. nick, what is it going to take to end this conflict, or is it just going to get worse? >> tom, i think the obama administration has been rightfully supporting israel because israel has a right to defend itself, any country would. but i think the united states is going to want to work with egypt, with turkey and ka trkqa try to convince the leadership to stop this very provocative and hardy shelling of rocketing the cities. when hamas is targeting both tel aviv and israel, this is a new phase of war between a long-running war between them. israel is going to react to that. i think you'll see a very intense demonstration between them to cease and decysist. >> gaza is not a big area. at some point they have to run out of pockets to some degree, don't they? >> yeah, but that's a big risk. so the big driver of the israeli operation right now is the long-range rockets that were allegedly supplied by iran and which hamas has been using to target major ur
, who is going to stop and when, anderson? >> sarah, stand by, i want to bring in ben wedeman who has experience in the region. tonight he is in the race ili town that has been hit repeatedly by rocket fire and also the jerusalem bureau chief for "the new york times" is in gaza city joins us by phone. what are you seeing and what are you hearing? >> reporter: what we are seeing here is that the town is pretty much deserted, not a lot of people out and about although earlier we were next to a sushi restaurant where there were a fair amount of customers. we spoke to the mayor who talked about the difficulties of trying to manage a town of more than 100,000 people living under these conditions and we spoke to one resident here who interestingly enough said he was happy that rockets were fired from gaza into near jerusalem and tel aviv. he said finally. other israelis outside of this area around gaza are getting a feel, getting a taste of what it's like to live under the threat of rockets. so certainly here in ashkalan you have real frustration that they simply cannot live a normal life w
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